Why do they call it the Emerald Isle?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Road trip to "Disturbia" . . . and we had SO much fun.

Disturbia because:
#1- it was all VERY rural and you could go crazy there (we're talkin' two states away from a decent mall),
#2- I thought I would completley lose it being away from my Chugbug for a whole week (thanks g-ma's for taking such good care of him)
#3- it was 11 hours in the car with two kids fighting like cats and dogs. Ok they were actually really great on the road, but even the best of them can rattle the nerves.

Here I am crossing into state #46, only 4 more left.

We started the trip Monday night at Martin's Cove. We had our own private FHE there and we watched the movie they had about the rescue. It really was amazing and spiritual, even for the kids.
After the long drive, these three let loose at dinner. Lance was getting a lot of pit dogs.

We ate at Sanford's in Casper, WY it was a fun restaurant.
Our first night in Rapid City, SD; we mini golfed at Pirate's Cove. FABULOSO weather and fun to relax together.





This is the Crazy Horse monument. Upon completion it will be the largest monument in the world. At the rate they're going, we won't see it finished in our lifetime, but they are determined to get it done someday. So far it's just a face and they've worked for 50 years. Mount Rushmore can fit on Crazy Horse's cheek.
Here's what he'll look like when completed, sans Zane and Zoey standing on him.
The big event, here it is . . .
I've heard it's smaller than you think, but wow I didn't expect this:
Oh, ok here's the real deal (my fave pic of the whole trip):
On the way in with the 50 state flags.




Mt. Rushmore was magnificent. After the monument day, we lightened mood for the kids at Bear World.

(Bear cub in the tree behind the kids)

This was the water slide at our hotel. Needless to say we spent a lot of time with it - they loved it!



Now for some random shots . . . This is one of my cherished beauties (by Orla Kiely) oh, and Zoey looks pretty cute here too.
A Jackalope.
Once again I am getting friendly with the wild animals.

A real life, old fashioned phone booth with a working pay phone.
We picked up a friend along the way so that we "never have to roam alone" (someday I'll have to use him to get Lance out of the house, anyone seen Amelie? I crack myself up . . . :)
He's from Wall, SD; Wall Drug, the largest store in the USA (fur real)
He really liked the wildlife at Cabella's.
And he even went to Reptile Gardens with us.


Thanks for having the great idea for this trip, Lance. It really was one of our funnest; the kids liked it better than Disneyland. It's about the same distance as Callifornia is, and I can pretty much guarantee you'll spend less money; (gas in Wy was only $3.58/gallon for one thing) so I highly recommend Rapid City, SD if you're looking for a fun family destination.

9 comments:

STEPHANIE said...

Looks like fun! Love your tag a long and your purse! Funny pictures!

Kim said...

I'm ready for a fun vacation about now! What great parents just doing things that the kids would love. It will be trip that will never be forgotten. I would like to see Lance cruising the mini van. I would of loved to have Chaz for you. Lucy would have smothered him to death. Sorry for causing you such worry over your mail.

Lisa said...

That does sound like a good cheap vacay. Austin hated Disneyland so what the heck, why not try SD? Loved all the pics and the newest family member you picked up - very funny! Looks like it turned out to be a diamond in the rough - (is that the right saying?)

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Colett (*-*) said...

I went online and had this almost exact same trip planned out for our family this summer. We did it when I was little and it was my favorite trip. We went to Vegas w/o kids instead, sorry kids. but after seeing the fun time you had maybe we will make it next year. I told you SD was fun.

Heather said...

Okay, so my grandma lives in Wisconsin and this was our family trip every other year. No Disneyland, no beach and no mini van with airconditioning!! Really I'm not bitter!! JK! It was a lot of fun and I have great memories of riding in the back of my dad's truck, under the camper shell with those carpet inserts dipping towels in the ice water from our cooler so we wouldn't sweat to death. And then I end up going to UND. SD is highly underrated though, it is a cool place to go. It sounds like it was a great family trip and I loved the added member of the fam.

Jalinda said...

What a fun vacation! Mt. Rushmore looks amazing. Your kids look so cute too! It was really good to see you this summer. I miss Utah already. Although it was nice to get back on schedule today for the first day of school.

Also, I mostly loved Breaking Dawn. I had a few small issues with it, but loved the ending and Edward!

heaps of love said...

wow that was some vacation!!! looks like you guys really lived it up and i love how your always looking so fancy how do you work that with kids? i always feel like i have 5 minuets tops to get ready.

Tanya said...

you have a cool blog hillary. way too much fun! i need your email address so i can send you an invite to ours...as if you want to see it i know! ;) but ours is closed so i will get you email